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I went to a fantastic workshop last week with Ginny Lockwood. I want to try adding picture books along with my novels. I teach 4th and 5th grades. I have always only done novels, but I love the idea of picture books! I just don't know which ones to use. What are your favorite picture books for older kids? Thanks!!!!


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The violet room is devoted to just this subject.

Writing fix dot com has a lot of ideas for writing related picture books.
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I LOVE:

All the Places You'll Go
The Giving Tree
Where the Wild Things Are
The True Story of the three Little Pigs
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Less Than Zero (math)
Thank You Mr. Faulker
Plantzilla
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves (grammar)
The Dot
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Writing Fix has tons of picture books for elementary grades....mentor texts.
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I used Making Meaning at my school this year. It's a reading curriculum based on mentor texts and we used it for K-6. You could look at the site and see what books they use that you could also use with your class:

http://www.devstu.org/making-meaning

I teach 1st (but we taught up a grade level so I used 2nd grade) so I'm not much help with knowing exactly what books the upper grades used.


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I like Math Curse and Science Verse by Jon Scieszka. I used them in my Gr 4/5 class and the kids loved them!
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I like any picture books by Patricia Polacco, Eve Bunting, Gail Gibbons (very science oriented), and Lynn Cherry.

You also need to read A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.

I suggest you go to your public library/local bookstore/school library and just sit down with a stack of books by these authors. (A school library is a great place to go during the summer because none of the books are checked-out.) You can read them and decide which ones would work best with the content areas you teach. Some of them will just work great for character traits.

Also be sure to look at picture books that are biographies or science/social studies topics.
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All of Chris Van Allsburg's books

Greg Tang's math puzzle books

The Unsolved Mystery of The Mary Celeste

The Secret Knowledge of Grown Ups

Madonna's Mr. Peabody's Apples

Marvelous Mattie

Polar The Titanic Bear

Wilma Unlimited

The Lorax

Sunken Treasure by Gail Gibbons

Teammates

Dogzilla and Kat Kong by Dav Pilky (look like they are for young children, but contain lots of play on words)
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I second Eats Shoots and Leaves... FABULOUS!

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Uncle Jed's Barbershop

Everybody Cooks Rice

I also like the If you lived... series
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These authors write sophisticated picture books:

Patricia Polacco
Chris Van Allsburg
William Steig (great vocab)

So anything by them is usually a hit!

Find good pic books to correlate with sci and ss topics too:

Gail Gibbons, Melvin Berger, Seymour Simon-great for science

If You Lived...Levine(?)-great for s.s.


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For all the great suggestions!!
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